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IS IT COFFEE HARVEST BY HAND AN EASY TASK?

“Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.” Conan O’Brien

Visiting a coffee farm

During our recent visit to Chiang Mai, in Northern Thailand we had been invited by local farmers to their coffee plantation to pick coffee cherries with them. This task was not as easy as we thought it would be!

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SUSTAINABLE FARMING – HARMONY IN DIVERSITY

“The essence of beauty is unity in variety.” –

Felix Mendelssohn, German composer (1809 – 1847)

Coffee plantation

Many coffee farmers do not only grow coffee plants on their plantations. Instead. They cultivate the coffee plants in the in the shade of taller trees together with various types of fruits and vegetables such as bananas or corn. In doing so, farmers not only gain additional income from the fruits and vegetables. But they also promote a sustainable coffee production and therefore impact on the environment in a positive way. For example, taller trees not only provide shade for coffee plants, but they also stabilize the soil and attract birds. A rich fauna attracts pollinators and supports a healthy soil. Continue reading SUSTAINABLE FARMING – HARMONY IN DIVERSITY

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COFFEE PHYLOSOPHY

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” -Pablo Picasso.

The art of brewing coffee

Brewing coffee is a deeply fulfilling ritualistic art. While preparing coffee with our hands and all our senses we can explore different techniques and refine our artistic skills.

Creativity arises when we are calm and present at the moment. Brewing coffee brings me peace of mind.

I respect nature and love to create things with my hands. I am eager to share my passion for the art of coffee making.

It is my goal to encourage coffee-lovers to learn to handcraft coffee and to replicate the sensory experience of preparing and drinking drip coffee in the comfort of their homes. Continue reading COFFEE PHYLOSOPHY

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YEMEN – PLACE WHERE COFFEE STARTED ROAD AROUND THE WORLD

History

‘If Ethiopia is the heart of coffee, Yemen is the mind.’ Albert Zijlstra, Volcanocafé

Between the 8th and the 12th century, wild Coffea plants had been discovered in the jungles of Ethiopia. It is believed that local nomadic mountain people were the first ones noticing the coffee’s stimulating effect.

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KOSICE – MULTICULTURAL SPOT OF CENTRAL EUROPE

A blog about the Coffee culture of a less known, but vibrant city within the EU

Find yourself in one of the inspiring coffee shops within this innovative and timeless city

Košice – the second biggest city in Slovakia – has a rich history and a long multicultural tradition. It’s a fascinating cosmopolitan city, where curious explorer can experience a special blend classic and contemporary Slovak, Hungarian, German and Jewish traditions. In 2013, Košice was the European Capital of Culture. Continue reading KOSICE – MULTICULTURAL SPOT OF CENTRAL EUROPE

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HOW TO BUY COFFEE BEANS, PART IV.

What to look for when buying coffee beans:

1 . The Altitude of the plantation affects a coffee’s quality and taste. It needs to be taken into account that within the same coffee growing region, the coffee plants may grow at various different altitudes. Higher elevations produce harder, higher quality beans. The harder the beans are, the higher will be their concentration of sugars.

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HOW TO BUY COFFEE BEANS, PART III.

What to look for when buying coffee beans:

The date of roasting,

is an important factor that needs to be taken into account when brewing coffee. For brewed coffee it’s recommended to use the coffee beans 2 – 14 days after they had been roasted (max. 30 days off roast). To get excellent results for Espresso and moka pot coffee preparation, use the beans 2 – 21 days after roast. But nevertheless, you can use and get good results from coffee beans that are older than 6 weeks.

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